Office of Diversity Promotion organized an “Individual counseling for female junior/high school and university students aspiring to the STEM fields” in FY 2018 RIKEN Open Day on Saturday, April 21st, 2018.
“Can women pursue this career while there are still few women in the field?” “Can women continue their research and work when they get married or during childcare?” “When female students want to advance into science and engineering, what should they study at university?”
This counseling session was planned for the female students who have such questions and uneasiness despite the strong interest in the STEM fields, parents and guardians of the female students, and teachers advising the students’ career development. The participants listened ardently to the female researchers’ stories and advice.
The counseling session lasted from 9:30 to 16:30. A total of 23 researchers including males and foreigners gathered and a total of 55 wide-ranging groups from elementary school students who came with their parents and grandparents to male high school students joined the event, making 113 people in total.
The topics ranged from consultation on daily study methods, career, and research approach at RIKEN. We received positive feedback from researchers such as “I enjoyed talking to young people full of dreams and hopes,” and “It was a good experience as if I revisited my original intention of the early days.”